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Wells Fargo Museum Gold Robbers Planned Heist With Two Cars

KGO-TV(SAN FRANCISCO) — The FBI and San Francisco Police are on the hunt for three thieves who rammed their SUV into the lobby of the Wells Fargo Museum in San Francisco on Tuesday morning.

Surveillance photos show that the SUV that crashed into the windows of the building carried just the driver and two other suspects appeared from another car, a Sedan, that was parked alongside the curb, authorities said.

The men, who were wearing ski masks, stole gold nuggets, ABC’s San Francisco affiliate KGO-TV reported.

The museum on Montgomery Street is the site of the first Wells Fargo that opened in 1852.

The property features an “impressive display of gold dust and ore from California’s Gold Country and a special collection of Gold Rush letters carried by hundreds of express companies.”

One suspect restrained a guard after holding a pistol to the guard’s head, FBI spokesman Brian Weber said, though details of how he was restrained are being withheld.

Wearing ski masks and black gloves, the suspects were described as about six feet tall, according to authorities.

In view from the glass exterior of the building was a Wells Fargo stagecoach that “carried passengers and gold across the western plains.”

Police were alerted about the robbery at 2:26 a.m. Tuesday.

The men took off in a sedan and left the SUV inside the bank, police said.

Authorities were looking for three men in a white Ford Taurus who were last seen heading eastbound across the Bay Bridge, according to KGO’s report.

Wells Fargo spokeswoman Diana Rodriguez told ABC News on Tuesday that the bank is cooperating with the San Francisco Police Department’s investigation.

“We’re disturbed this happened to the Wells Fargo History Museum, but are grateful no team member was harmed,” she said in a statement to ABC News. “Additionally, the historic stagecoaches on site were not damaged. Rest assured, the museum will reopen, so it can continue to serve the thousands of visitors and Bay Area residents who visit it each year.”

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Maryland Mansion Fire: Dry Christmas Tree Blamed for Deadly Blaze

Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) — An electrical failure that set ablaze a 15-foot Christmas tree caused a mansion fire in Annapolis, Maryland, earlier this month that killed six people, authorities announced Wednesday.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents also concluded that the fire, which started in the home’s great room, was an accident.

It took almost a week for six bodies to be found in the burned-down mansion. All those who were thought to be inside are believed to be accounted for, according to fire department officials.

The 16,000-square-foot mansion was owned by tech executive Don Pyle and his wife Sandra.

According to relatives, the Pyles had four of their grandchildren — Alexis (Lexi) Boone, 8; Kaitlyn (Katie) Boone, 7; Charlotte Boone, 8; and Wesley (Wes) Boone, 6 -– over at the time of the four-alarm fire. All six died in the blaze.

Crews started going through the wreckage last Wednesday, according to ABC affiliate WJLA, a process that ATF investigators said could take weeks.

The house was “built more like a commercial structure,” Anne Arundel County Fire Capt. Russ Davies told reporters, so searching is a “time-consuming process.”

Initially the fire had been handled as a criminal investigation.

Relatives described the Pyles as loving grandparents nicknamed “Pop-Pop” and “Dee-Dee.” The night before the blaze, Don and Sandra treated their four grandchildren to a special outing to Medieval Times, according to a family spokeswoman -– even taking them to Target beforehand to pick up costumes for the occasion.

Family members of the victims thanked well-wishers last week in a statement. Attributed to “the Boone and Pyle families,” it said in part, “We wish to express our gratitude and appreciation for the love and support being shared with us during this tragic event. We are blessed that so many family, friends, and neighbors have come together for us in our time of need.”

“Life is fragile,” the statement concluded. “Make time today to embrace your loved ones.”

Authorities said at Wednesday’s news conference that they would conduct additional tests and analysis.

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USGS Reports Magnitude 5.7 Earthquake in Northern California

Tomislav Zivkovic/iStock/Thinkstock(FERNDALE, Calif.) — The United States Geological Survey reported a magnitude 5.7 earthquake in northern California on Wednesday afternoon.

The quake was centered just offshore, about 25 miles southwest of Ferndale, says the USGS. The tremor was focused about 10 miles underground.

According to the Northern California Earthquake Data Center, there is a 40-percent likelihood of an aftershock magnitude five or larger in the next seven days. Between 20 and 50 smaller aftershocks are expected in that same time period.

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Handcuffed Woman Accused of Stealing Police Car, Leading Cops on High-Speed Chase

Center Township Police(PITTSBURGH) — A police cruiser’s dash-cam caught a handcuffed woman’s alleged 10-mile high-speed drive outside Pittsburgh after she crawled through an opening in the police car’s partition and took control of the wheel, police said.

Cops chased 27-year-old Roxanne Rimer, who drove down Route 51 as fast as 100 mph with her hands cuffed behind her back, Center Township Police Chief Barry Kramer told ABC News Wednesday.

“She probably was able to reach her cuffed hands to the side of her hip and drive,” Kramer said. “I’m not completely sure though because there was no camera that captured the inside of the car. [Rimer] was very thin, long-armed and lanky, so it’s possible she was flexible enough to reach over the side of her hip and grab the wheel.”

The incident, which happened earlier this month, occurred when Rimer was originally arrested after trying to run away from security at Kohl’s for allegedly stealing earrings, Kramer said. She fled into her grandfather’s car in the parking lot, he said, and her grandfather, who was driving, was unaware of what happened moments before.

When police stopped the car, police asked Rimer to step out and she was handcuffed after a confrontation, Kramer said.

“She gave a fake name and told police she was a juvenile,” Kramer said. “After being handcuffed and put in the rear seat [of the patrol car], police went to check her grandfather’s car. It was during this time that Rimer somehow crawled through a roughly 12.25-inch by 11.5-inch window in the plexiglass partition.”

The dash-cam video shows officers running toward the car after Rimer allegedly got control of the vehicle. The vehicle is then seen ramming into her grandfather’s car with her grandfather still in it and almost hitting two police officers before zooming down the road.

“Police chased her for most of her 10-mile drive, but they backed off towards the end because she was going so fast,” Kramer said.

The video shows the patrol car weaving between cars at high speeds. At one point, it seems Rimer has trouble getting around a bend in the road. And then a woman’s voice can be heard in the video, allegedly Rimer’s, calling out to a passerby, saying, “Hello! Can you help me? Can you help me drive, please?”

Rimer later stops the patrol car and gets out, police said.

“At this point in the video, you can see the suspect abandon the car, still handcuffed, and run into the woods,” Kramer said. “She went into a nearby home, but they told her to get away. Shortly after, one driver saw her walking in handcuffs. He picked her up and brought her to the station, but she jumped out and fled again. Another driver picked her up, thinking she just needed help, but then told her to get out of the car after they saw the handcuffs.”

Police finally caught her walking on a street in Aliquippa, a town on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, and she was placed in jail, Kramer said.

Rimer is facing multiple charges, including aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, fleeing and eluding police and robbery.

The trial will likely be held sometime in May, Kramer told ABC News.

Rimer is currently being held at Beaver County Jail, according to her attorney, Steven Valsamidis.

Valsamidis told ABC News he believes many of the charges fit the video, but a portion involving aggravated assault does not.

“Aggravated assault means she intended or did cause serious bodily injury,” he said. “But she didn’t seriously injure or intend to seriously injure anyone. She just wanted to escape the situation.”

“Thank God nobody was killed because that video is extraordinary,” Valsamidis added.

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Handcuffed Woman Accused of Stealing Police Car, Leading Cops on High-Speed Chase

Center Township Police(PITTSBURGH) — A police cruiser’s dash-cam caught a handcuffed woman’s alleged 10-mile high-speed drive outside Pittsburgh after she crawled through an opening in the police car’s partition and took control of the wheel, police said.

Cops chased 27-year-old Roxanne Rimer, who drove down Route 51 as fast as 100 mph with her hands cuffed behind her back, Center Township Police Chief Barry Kramer told ABC News Wednesday.

“She probably was able to reach her cuffed hands to the side of her hip and drive,” Kramer said. “I’m not completely sure though because there was no camera that captured the inside of the car. [Rimer] was very thin, long-armed and lanky, so it’s possible she was flexible enough to reach over the side of her hip and grab the wheel.”

The incident, which happened earlier this month, occurred when Rimer was originally arrested after trying to run away from security at Kohl’s for allegedly stealing earrings, Kramer said. She fled into her grandfather’s car in the parking lot, he said, and her grandfather, who was driving, was unaware of what happened moments before.

When police stopped the car, police asked Rimer to step out and she was handcuffed after a confrontation, Kramer said.

“She gave a fake name and told police she was a juvenile,” Kramer said. “After being handcuffed and put in the rear seat [of the patrol car], police went to check her grandfather’s car. It was during this time that Rimer somehow crawled through a roughly 12.25-inch by 11.5-inch window in the plexiglass partition.”

The dash-cam video shows officers running toward the car after Rimer allegedly got control of the vehicle. The vehicle is then seen ramming into her grandfather’s car with her grandfather still in it and almost hitting two police officers before zooming down the road.

“Police chased her for most of her 10-mile drive, but they backed off towards the end because she was going so fast,” Kramer said.

The video shows the patrol car weaving between cars at high speeds. At one point, it seems Rimer has trouble getting around a bend in the road. And then a woman’s voice can be heard in the video, allegedly Rimer’s, calling out to a passerby, saying, “Hello! Can you help me? Can you help me drive, please?”

Rimer later stops the patrol car and gets out, police said.

“At this point in the video, you can see the suspect abandon the car, still handcuffed, and run into the woods,” Kramer said. “She went into a nearby home, but they told her to get away. Shortly after, one driver saw her walking in handcuffs. He picked her up and brought her to the station, but she jumped out and fled again. Another driver picked her up, thinking she just needed help, but then told her to get out of the car after they saw the handcuffs.”

Police finally caught her walking on a street in Aliquippa, a town on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, and she was placed in jail, Kramer said.

Rimer is facing multiple charges, including aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, fleeing and eluding police and robbery.

The trial will likely be held sometime in May, Kramer told ABC News.

Rimer is currently being held at Beaver County Jail, according to her attorney, Steven Valsamidis.

Valsamidis told ABC News he believes many of the charges fit the video, but a portion involving aggravated assault does not.

“Aggravated assault means she intended or did cause serious bodily injury,” he said. “But she didn’t seriously injure or intend to seriously injure anyone. She just wanted to escape the situation.”

“Thank God nobody was killed because that video is extraordinary,” Valsamidis added.

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Boston Police Search for Person Who Shoveled Marathon Finish Line

mjbs/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Boston Police have released photographs of a man who shoveled the iconic finish line of the Boston Marathon route on Boylston Street during Tuesday’s raging blizzard.

Using the hashtag #WhoShoveledTheFinishLine, Boston Police asked the public to help solve the mystery of the hardy soul.

Help Boston solve a #BlizzardOf2015 mystery. #WhoShoveledTheFinishLine? #BostonStrong pic.twitter.com/1icgPcW9Vc

— Boston Police Dept. (@bostonpolice) January 28, 2015

The finish line has special significance as the site of the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed three people on April 15, 2013.

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Blizzard 2015: Snowblower Attack Leads to Arrest of 61-Year-Old Woman

Arlington Police Department(ARLINGTON, Mass.) — A Massachusetts woman was arrested during the blinding blizzard that walloped New England after she attacked her neighbor with a snowblower, police said on Wednesday.

The incident took place as the freezing winds and snow continued to fall at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police were called to a home in Boston’s upscale suburb of Arlington to find a 60-year-old woman suffering from lacerations to her foot.

Her alleged attacker, Barbara Davis, 61, was arrested on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, violating a restraining order, and mayhem. Anderson had a long-standing dispute with the victim, who was not seriously injured, police said.

“Emotions may run high during a historic weather event like the blizzard we just endured, but that is no excuse for violence,” said Arlington Police Chief Fred Ryan. “We are supposed to come together as a community during events like this, and I am very disappointed with these allegations.”

Anderson was held on $35,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned on Thursday, police said. Suffolk County courts remain closed Wednesday after the massive storm that left Boston digging out from more than two feet of snow that fell Monday into Tuesday.

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Massive Snowball Fight Breaks Out in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Brand X Pictures/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(PORTSMOUTH, N.H.) — Residents in Portsmouth, New Hampshire found the perfect way to endure Tuesday’s snowy conditions — a snowball fight.

The dustup, which was publicized in a Facebook post, broke out at 1 p.m. in Market Square and lasted for about 45 minutes. The event was organized with a playful nod to the town’s settlers, as organizers hearkened back to the fictitious “inaugural Portsmouth Snowball Fight” of 1624.

Dozens of people tossed snow at each other, a spirited showing as the Northeast was blanketed by wintry weather. One person was seen waving a pirate flag.

“Oh, it was worth it,” participant Calum Ryan told ABC News affiliate WMUR-TV.

For Portsmouth residents, the snowball fight offered the chance to bring a humorous touch to a serious storm.

“A lot of people were scared, you know: ‘Stay inside, it’s going to be really chilly,'” participant Ben Goodwin told WMUR. “But you get outside and get some exercise, and it’s just nice.”

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WATCH: Helmetcam Captures Rescue of Children from Apartment Fire

Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(FRESNO, Calif.) — The Fresno Fire Department released dramatic helmetcam video from an apartment fire on Sunday in which three children left home unattended were rescued by firefighters.

The video shows firefighters in the California city battle through flames and smoke as they attempt to locate the children, whose ages range from 1 to 4 years. According to a statement from the department, firefighters were able to locate and remove the kids within four minutes of arrival on the scene.

“The firefighters would say it’s just their job. But to get a rescue of this magnitude is something we really don’t come across every day,” said Agapito Martinez, the public information officer for the department.

Martinez says the video contains helmet camera footage from two different firefighters. The rescue came as a surprise to officials, as firefighters were originally called to the scene for reports of smoke in a building, according to Martinez.

The three children were taken to a nearby hospital with critical injuries due to smoke inhalation, according to the statement. No firefighters were injured in the rescue.

The Fresno Police Department is investigating why the children were left home without supervision.

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NASA Photos Show Scope of Blizzard From Space

NASA/NOAA GOES Project(NEW YORK) — As the Northeast digs out from a wild winter storm, NASA has released images showing what the snow and strong winds looked like from space.

An image from a satellite operated by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association showed the winter storm system near its peak as it covered the Northeast around 1:45 a.m. ET on Tuesday.

Nighttime & daytime views of the #blizzardof2015 from @NOAASatellites & @NASANPP: http://t.co/KLkxf2wo4o pic.twitter.com/sVJLzkQO7E

— NASA (@NASA) January 27, 2015

The winter storm was so intense that it managed to obscure the bright lights of the big cities as the high cloud tops moved through the area.

New England was hit the hardest by the winter storm, which blanketed the area with more than 30 inches of snow in some areas.

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